Postabortion woman wonders what happened to her baby’s body

A postabortion woman named Cassie wrote:

“I often wonder what happened with my baby. Where did they put her? Sometimes I wish I could’ve seen her, although I know that it would have been not only painful but I think I would’ve got out of my mind! Still, most of the times I wish I knew what became of her; was she buried or just thrown away like some piece of rubbish. Sometimes I think of just ringing the clinic and ask them what they do with all the babies, but then, what am I expecting they’ll tell me!… All through the day I wonder how she would look, and how it would’ve been having her around with my two sons… Whenever I’m asked how many children I have, I refrain from saying three!”

 

 Melinda Tankard Reist Giving Sorrow Words: Women’s Stories of Grief after Abortion (Springfield, IL: Acorn Books, 2007) 40

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Pro-choice groups reject women who were hurt by their abortions

From author Melinda Tankard Reist, who interviewed many postabortion women:

“Women often spoke of being unable to get satisfactory help for their grief from clinics or organizations connected with abortion. Karleen said that when she sought help at a women’s counseling clinic in Sydney she was told it was wrong of her to speak badly of her abortion experience. Kara, from Queensland, told of posting her personal abortion story on an Internet discussion of abortion. She was told to “get lost” – her story wasn’t welcome….If a woman is depressed after an abortion, she is made to feel it’s her own inability to deal with sadness which is the problem. The onus is all on the woman.”

 Melinda Tankard Reist Giving Sorrow Words: Women’s Stories of Grief after Abortion (Springfield, IL: Acorn Books, 2007) 24 – 25

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Abby Johnson describes talking woman into an abortion

Abby Johnson describes running into a woman at the grocery store who she had talked into an abortion years ago. She says:

Legs of a baby at 11 weeks, still in the first trimester, when most abortions take place

Legs of a baby at 11 weeks, still in the first trimester, when most abortions take place

“As soon as she started talking, I knew. She had sat across from me at my desk at Planned Parenthood. I had talked her into getting an abortion. I remembered her story vividly. She was crying. I was reassuring her, saying things like, “Just because a decision makes us cry, doesn’t mean it’s not the right decision.”

I remember that I was trying to get her out of my office. We had been talking for at least 45 minutes and that was way over my 15 minute maximum for “counseling.” I knew I must have a stack of charts waiting in my box outside. I finally pulled out the final card to hurry this thing along. I told her, “If you don’t have the abortion today, you won’t be able to come back to us for at least a week and it will be more expensive. You don’t want that, do you?”

Reluctantly she said that she was ready to go back for the abortion. Good. My job was done. Every line was signed and every box was checked.”

Abby Johnson “I talked her into getting an abortion. And then I ran into her at the store.” LifeSiteNews Fri Jul 18, 2014

You can read this powerful article in its entirety here

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Planned Parenthood director: abortion is a “sacred duty”

Melaney Linton, who was chosen to oversee Planned Parenthood Gulf coast, on his “sacred duty” to promote abortion:

“I am honored and humbled to be entrusted with such a sacred duty…I pledge to do everything in my power to fight back against the ideological attacks on Planned Parenthood and women, so that no teen will ever say she didn’t know how she got pregnant, no one will ever be denied basic reproductive health care, and no woman will ever be forced to bear children she cannot adequately support.”

As of 2012, Linton managed 13 abortion and abortion-referring centers in Southeast Texas and Louisiana, as well as the largest abortion clinic in America, located in Houston, Texas.

LifeNews adds:

Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast alone performed over 12,000 abortions in 2010 and banked over $17 million – 49 percent of which came from taxpayer dollars. Linton will succeed Peter Durkin, who earned over $200,000 in 2010 by performing this “sacred duty.

Sarah Crawford New Head of Biggest Planned Parenthood Says Abortion Sacred” LifeNews 2/9/12

Part of a day's work at just one abortion clinic

Part of a day’s work at just one abortion clinic

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Pro-choice writer warns: negative abortion stories might have “political consequences”

Pro-choice writer Katie Stack encourages women to speak out about their abortions (and thus eliminate “stigma”) but they should only tell their stories if they are positive ones:

“On the one hand, I have urged women to remain true to their own feelings. On the other, I have understood that the tone of our narratives could hold political consequences. For so long the rhetoric of the pro-choice Democrat’s position has focused on “safe, legal and rare” – with the “rare” reinforcing the idea that abortion, though permissible, should be shameful and undesirable. Nobody wants to have an abortion, after all.”

Katie Stack Eliminating Abortion Stigma: Playing Offense Starts With You” RH Reality Check June 14, 2012

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Abortionist tells patients he is going to suction the brains out of their children

Diagram of partial birth abortion, the abortion Dr. Weiss is describing

Diagram of partial birth abortion, the abortion Dr. Weiss is describing

Dr. Gerson Weiss, abortionist, on what he tells women  before he does an abortion:

THE COURT: Do you tell them that you are going to use a suction device and suck the brain out of the baby?

THE WITNESS: Yes.

THE COURT: You use simple words and tell them that?

THE WITNESS: Yes.

Dr. Gerson Weiss, abortionist, in sworn testimony in National Abortion Federation, et. al. v. Ashcroft, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, April 7, 2004

Partial birth abortions are now illegal, but current methods of abortion, like the D&E method, are even more brutal.

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Dr. Warren Hern and abortion in the 9th month of pregnancy

“She was raped. I’m very sympathetic, but I can’t risk my medical license for someone who just didn’t get around to doing anything about it. I’ve done some cases over thirty-six weeks, but very few.”

JOHN H. RICHARDSON The Last Abortion Doctor” EsquireAugust 5, 2009

Late term abortionist Dr. Warren Hern, on how he refused to do an abortion on a woman in her ninth month of pregnancy

Note that his fear of losing his license is the main concern. He does not seem to have any moral qualms about doing an abortion in the days right before birth, and, in fact admits that he has done them.

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Wall Street Journal: female infanticide common in parts of India

An article in the Wall Street Journal describes how some Indian couples are committing infanticide of baby girls, actually killing them outside the womb, rather than screening their pregnancies and getting sex selection abortions.

“In poor and backward places such as Bihar, however, where sonograms are still a rarity, it’s cheaper to kill a newborn girl that to travel to a city and pay for a gender test and an abortion. And Bihar’s gender rate is among the most lopsided in the country. The 1991 census in Bihar showed 912 women for every thousand men, down from 1054 women in 1901. In the district where Dewa is located, the ratio in 1991 was 819 women to 1000 men.

In some pockets of Bihar and  Rajasthan, another poor state, the female to male ratio is a meager 600 to 1000. Last August, one village in Rajasthan witnessed its first Hindu wedding procession to a bride’s home in 110 years, because no other girl had been allowed to survive. ”

Miriam Jordan “Brief Lives” Wall Street Journal, May 9, 2000

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Pro-choice therapists call abortion “life-changing”

Although many proabortion leaders still maintain that abortion does not cause emotional harm to women, some pro-choicers have been forced to acknowledge that women sometimes do suffer after their abortions.

Pro-choice therapists Candace DePuy, PhD and Dana Dovitch, PhD, authors of The Healing Choice: Your Guide to Emotional Recovery After an Abortion said:

“The idea for this book arose out of our clinical relationships with female clients whose lives have been touched by abortion. As mental health professionals, we were concerned to find how few had discussed the life-changing decision they had made. When they began to share their stories, nearly all were surprised by the depth of emotion they still felt.”

Quoted in Kerri-Ann Kiniorski “The Aftermath of Abortion” The American Feminist vol. 5 no. 1, Spring 1998 6 – 7

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Woman has abortion, husband didn’t want baby

From a woman named Beatrice, who had an abortion in an attempt to save her failing marriage:

“I was married, 38 years old, and my marriage was on the rocks – my husband had affairs… That broke my heart to begin with, then we went away and I fell pregnant. I had an 11-year-old son and I had not fallen pregnant of all those years. I thought it was a miracle and still do. My husband’s reaction was totally different. He made it clear he didn’t want any more children… I was in shock, confused… I don’t use the word “choice” because… when you are cornered there does not seem to be a choice. I look at my husband has been “judge” and myself the “executioner.”

Melinda Tankard Reist Giving Sorrow Words: Women’s Stories of Grief after Abortion (Springfield, IL: Acorn Books, 2007) 26 – 27

Sadly, coerced abortions are very common. In one study, 64% of women who had abortions said that they were having them because their male partner wanted them to. (I.L. Horton and D. Cheng, “Enhanced Surveillance for Pregnancy-Associated Mortality-Maryland, 1993-1998,” JAMA 285(11): 1455-1459 (2001); see also J. Mcfarlane et. al., “Abuse During Pregnancy and Femicide: Urgent Implications for Women’s Health,” Obstetrics & Gynecology 100: 27-36 (2002).)

Abortion is not always about a woman’s “choice.”

Read more about coerced abortion here

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